"Due to your direct checkout sales volume, we'd like to collect some tax-related info from you.
We are doing this to comply with a new IRS rule that requires Etsy to report sales information, in the form of a 1099-K, for sellers who have reached certain sales thresholds for the year.
This information will be stored with your account and will be used to provide you with a form 1099-K at the end of the year if you do end up reaching the gross sales thresholds."
I am livid. All the propaganda involved with the income tax hoots about "voluntary compliance", but with the (way past) dawn of the cashless society, every transaction is ultimately trackable. I hear Jack Strawman muttering "Well, if you weren't trying to hide something, it wouldn't bother you." I am not hiding b*mbs, nor Al Qaeda in my trousers, but it bothers me for some TSA lackey to stick his hands in them. The presumption of "guilty until proven innocent" evident in these IRS rules is patently unConstitutional, habeas corpus and all that. I may have to go back to a website-based sales model, which means I have to spend money and time developing a new site which will likely NOT be as friendly for me to use as Etsy.
Color me peeved.
EVERYONE of any size remotely attached to the government (schools, colleges, Baptist churches) requires that I fill out a W-9 if I am to be allowed to sell to them.
Of course, these are organizations that obtain monies, or special favors, from the Givement, so it makes sense having that requirement, but mere sense doth not it Constitutional make.
Both "real" candidates are big-government characters. I would encourage looking into Gary Johnson.